The Selection series review

THE SELECTION

Summary:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Plot:
GAH!!! I CANT EVEN EXPRESS MY FEELINGS! APDFJHPUVDHPOUHESHFP. THIS IS AMAZING. Okay, rant over. Professionalism is now in check. Truthfully, there wasn’t a TRUE plot, it was basically fun and games until someone gets hurt. Even though I’ve never watched this show, it resembles the bachelor. But way cleaner, and way more fun. I don’t know how Kierra Cass did it, but this was an amazing book.
Characters:
I’m team Maxon all the way. Just had to get that out there. I mean I like Aspen, but I LOVE Maxon. Random note: the covers to the books spoil everything. But they’re still the best covers EVER. Anyways, I liked the depth that America Singer had. She had to face many life changing decisions, and her attitude was awesome.
Overall & recommendations:
This very well may be my favorite book I’ve read in 2016. It was so much fun! I’m so sad that I have to wait almost a week to get the sequel! Gah!!! This is torture! I would recommend it to mature female 12+. This is definitely a chick lit. Boys would most likely hate this book.

THE ELITE

Summary:
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
Plot:
I”M HYPERVENTILATING AT THE AMAZINGNESS OF THIS FREAKIN BOOK. My feels can’t take much more of this roller coaster ride. This is one of the best, and nerve-wracking books ever. I would have never suspected what came next, and everything always surprises me. I cannot believe what that ending provided me with, and I must read the next book ASAP. THAT COVER THO *grabby hands*
Characters:
Every single character had a new side shown, and I had no idea what to expect next. At times, I got annoyed with what America said, but it turned out to be fine. Ugh, sometimes Maxon got on my last nerve, but I still adore him. Team Maxon all the way! I wish America would make a decision already!!!!!!!!!!!
Overall & Recommendations:
This is now one of my favorite series of all time. I love this book to pieces, and I thank Kiera Cass for writing such awesome books. Read this in 1 sitting! So proud of myself! 12+ girls.

THE ONE

Summary:
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
Plot:
ITS OVER. #NotIfImHere. NEW FAVE SERIES (with the exception of Harry Potter, of course). I cannot even describe how amazing this book was. I was pulled into it and read it in one sitting. The plot was so captivating, and I HAD to know what happened next. The world building left we wanting more, and I would love to have some more info on the world before The Selection. All of the plot twists were so surprising, but I knew what would come at the end.
Characters:
I got to see so much surprising depth to characters in this book, it was very unpredictable on this part. Sometimes, it annoyed me when characters say all the wrong things, but all is justified later. All to my surprise, I started really liking Celeste as a character. I never thought I would say that, but she turned out to be a great friend.
Overall & recommendations:
I LOVE this series to pieces. I never thought I would love it this much. This is definitely on my top 3 faves of all time. I would recommend this series to girls 12+.

THE HEIR

Summary:
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
Plot:
This was such an interesting twist to the original Selection series. I loved viewing a whole new selection from the princess’ P.O.V. I do have to admit, it wasn’t quite as fun as the original trilogy, but I’m still so glad Kiera Cass decided to add on to this delightful series. One thing I did notice was that the country wasn’t facing nearly as much problems as it was in The Selection.
Characters:
I have heard so many people say that Eadlyn was the Brattiest of the brats, so I was prepared for the worst. As I continued reading about her, I grew attached and really liked her as a character. Of course, she had her sassy moments, but as an overall character, she was strong and independent. On a different note, I’m rooting for Kile and Eadlyn so much!!!
Overall & Recommendations:
Despite what people say, I love this addition to the Selection series. It was super fun, and the characters pleasantly surprised me. If you love or like The Selection, I would jump right on board with this book.

THE CROWN

Summary:
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
Plot:
Personally, I LOVED The Heir. However, The Crown fell a bit short on my standards. It felt forced, and the pacing was a bit dreadful, but that’s because The Selection for Eadlyn was only 3 months. I was definitely surprised by the turn of events towards the end, and I was certainly not expecting it. I think I’ll have a lot of followers on this point; that ending was unexpected, and I’m not very happy with it. It felt out of nowhere and incredibly rushed. Despite all of the complaints I just listed, this book was incredibly fun, and I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Characters:
There as definitely a lot of rushed character development in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy about Eadlyn’s turnout. It was a fresh relief to see The Selection from the princess’ POV. It was far less intense than the original trilogy, because the suitors aren’t fighting like cats and dogs over Eadlyn, and there weren’t any intense relationship moments (Well not compared to the first three).
Let me just say, THAT ENDING. It was so out of the blue, and I was not hoping for her to end up with ****. One chapter she was in love with someone, and the next, she was in love with another. I DON’T GET IT! It was a bit sloppy on that part.
The one thing that bothered me was that Kiera Cass randomly threw in gay characters. Was that really necessary??? There was no need for gay characters, and it was annoying. I will say, however, it was unexpected, and I was unpleasantly surprised.
Overall & Recommendations:
This was a nice little wrap up to the selection series, but I had my problems with it. The plot was good, but definitely had some minor flaws. The characters had an unexpected turnout, and some I was not so happy with. Kiera Cass is such an amazing author, and I love this series SO MUCH. If you haven’t read this series, go ahead and drop whatever you are doing, and pick this up RIGHT NOW. 12+ girls.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

First, let me just say this book brought back so many feels of how much I ADORE The Selection series. Here’s my individual mini review for each novella.
The Queen
4/5 stars
This was a nice insight to how Queen Amberly won Clarkson’s heart. I found it helpful to know their full story, but I found it hard to enjoy the characters knowing how evil Clarkson is later on in his life. Even in this novella, he still seemed a bit rood.
The Prince
3/5 stars
I was really glad that I got to see The Selection from Maxon’s POV, and I thought it would be a unique novella. But it literally was repeating the beginning of the selection with America except through Maxon’s eyes. So basically it wasn’t anything new. I did, however, enjoy reading Maxon’s thoughts.
The Guard
4/5 stars
I was kinda disappointed in this novella, mainly because I thought it was going to be about Aspen and Lucy, not Aspen’s continuing emotions towards America. It was still a good short-story, though, and I liked seeing lots of extra scenes through Aspen’s eyes.
The Favorite
5/5 stars
This is what I was waiting for throughout the entire book! It was by far the best novella yet. I had been dying to see Marlee’s story, and it was even better than I hoped for. There was finally a story that I hadn’t actually got to experience at all.
Scenes from Celeste
5/5 stars
It was nice getting to see some extra scenes from Celeste. After I finished The One, she has been one of my favor tie characters, and it was nice to get one more feel for Celeste.
The Maid
5/5 stars.
This was basically exactly what I was expecting for The Guard, and I loved it so much! I finally got to see Aspen and Lucy’s story, and I’m so glad I did.


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